Her mission was simple: to weigh the evidence in the first Whitewater trial, a conspiracy and loan fraud case against developer James McDougal, his former wife, Susan, and Arkansas Gov. Jim Guy Tucker. As one of the six alternate jurors, Barbara Adams stood out. She appeared in court each day wearing a "Star Trek" uniform--complete with a tricorder and a phaser. But last week, the 31-year-old print-shop supervisor ignored the judge's prime directive: Avoid the media. After talking to reporters about her attire--which she said promoted the TV show's values of inclusion, tolerance and peace--she was transported from the jury box to some other corner of the galaxy.

Story & photo from U.S. News & World Report, March 25, 1996, p. 20.


Final frontier. Adams arrives for court